Scaling and root planing or a “deep cleaning” is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes accessible calculus (tartar), bacterial toxins, and etiological agents that cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. The goal of scaling and root planing is to eliminate disease and return the supporting structures of the teeth to a healthy state maintained by home care and professional maintenance appointments at our dental office in Bourbonnais, IL.
The procedure may be done in one or two appointments, depending on your dentist’s judgment and the severity of the disease process. Scaling and root planing begins by first administering a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and the surrounding gum tissues to be comfortable during the procedure.
Special dental instruments are used to remove the calculus (tartar) and plaque above and below the gumline. In many cases, subgingival irrigation can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.
During or following scaling and root planing therapy, your dentist may recommend that the gum pockets be treated with antibiotic therapy. This will soothe irritation and promote a faster healing response after treatment.
Your dentist in Bourbonnais, IL may recommend that the patient returns about 4-6 weeks after the initial therapy. Your dental team will thoroughly examine the gums during this appointment to see how well the pockets have healed. Additional and more intensive treatments may indicate if the gum pockets have not recovered to the expected results.